FAQs

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Is there an age limit to being an apprentice?


There are no age related limits on entering apprenticeship and traineeship arrangements in NSW. Some people find they have been employed elsewhere since leaving school and are now looking for a ‘change in direction’ or to upskill.


What is an apprenticeship?


An apprenticeship allows you to learn new skills and work within the industry you are interested in, as well as gaining valuable work experience.

Australian apprenticeships can be classified as a traineeship, an apprenticeship or a trainee apprenticeship (NSW). These can vary in length and qualification however traineeships tend to be more specific and apprenticeships tend to be of longer duration.

Traineeships can be up to 3 years and are either workplace based training programs or institution based training programs. Some traineeships can be delivered entirely on the job with the help of a training plan and assessments conducted by a qualified Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

An apprenticeship is a four year entry-level training and employment program designed for people wishing to commence a career in a chosen trade.

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What are the most popular apprenticeship jobs in Sydney?

Popular apprenticeship jobs in Sydney include landscaping apprenticeships, plumbing apprenticeships, electrical apprenticeships, carpentry apprenticeships, hairdressing apprenticeships, IT apprenticeships and
chef apprenticehsips. However, always remember to choose an apprenticeship that suits your interests and skills. apprenticepower offers a broad range of apprenticeships and we can help advise on what kind of apprenticeship you might be interested in.


Who can be an Australian apprentice?


Australian apprenticeships can be started at 14 years and nine months of age, however some Health and Safety requirements may require the Australian apprentice to be 16. There is no upper age limit. There are no formal entry-level requirements for people wishing to undertake apprenticeship. Some apprenticeships have an educational requirement or require that another qualification be completed first.


Why should I do an apprenticeship?

Australian apprenticeships are a great way to get a head start in a chosen career or to retrain for the career you have always wanted.

They combine time at work with training and can be full-time, part-time or school-based to give you a nationally recognised qualification and the experience you need for your chosen career.

Australian apprenticeships are available to anyone of working age with or without a secondary school certificate or other qualification. You can be a school-leaver, re-entering the workforce or an adult worker simply wishing to change careers.

Australian apprenticeships are available in a variety of qualifications levels in more than 500 vocations across Australia, in traditional trades, as well as a diverse range of emerging careers in most sectors of business and industry.


What happens at the end of the apprenticeship?


Towards the end of the apprenticeship the employer will receive a letter from the State Training Authority reminding the employer that the apprentice is near completion. This letter is confirmed and signed by the employer and returned to the State Training Authority. The employer and apprentice will have to submit evidence of successful completion of the the qualification i.e. a copy of the certificate from the training organisation or the final TAFE course results which state that the apprentice is eligible to receive a TAFE certificate.

Australian apprentices who successfully complete both on-the-job and off-the-job training are issued a Certificate of Proficiency from DET. The Certificate of Proficiency means that the person is qualified in all aspects of their vocation, has completed all training, is fully qualified and is entitled to be paid at the full rate under the appropriate industrial arrangement. Apprentices who want to apply for a licence to work in a licensed industry (eg electricians) need a Certificate of Proficiency as proof of completion of the trade qualification.

Australian apprentices who complete their on-the-job training but have not completed their off-the-job training are issued a Craft Certificate. When they complete their off-the-job training, the apprentice or trainee can apply for a Certificate of Proficiency.

An employer who wishes to terminate the employment of an apprentice at the completion of their training must give them advance notice prior to the completion date in accordance with the relevant industrial arrangement. After the completion date expires, apprentices are deemed to be permanent employees.


I want to do an apprenticeship, but I’m already working in that industry. What do I do?


Talk to apprenticepower – we may be able to come to an arrangement with your current employer. We may also have a position available that is relevant to your current industry.


Where can I find more information?

If you can’t find the answers you’re looking for here, feel free to contact us by calling 13 72 77 or emailing info@apprenticepower.com.au.

You can also check out our extensive range of links to other websites for further information.
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